DETROIT -- The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jeep won't discuss the details of the next-generation Wrangler. But in a filing this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the automaker appears to have tipped its hand on its choice of an automatic transmission for the Wrangler.
"The 8-speed transmission is currently paired with gasoline and diesel engines in the 2014 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee and is also featured in the new 2014 Dodge Durango. We plan to use this transmission in all of our rear-wheel-drive vehicles, except for heavy-duty versions of the Ram pick-up truck and the SRT Viper," the company wrote in the filing.
The filing also noted that the eight-speed -- built by Chrysler under license from ZF Friedrichshafen -- "reduces fuel consumption by more than 9 percent over the five-speed" transmission it replaced.